Here are some tips to help you face these challenges head on.
5 Tips for Safe Driving During Deer Season
The WisDOT reported that last year, there were 20,521 car versus deer crashes. 641 of them involved injuries. Here are five tips to help you avoid building on these numbers during deer season this year.
1 – Be cautious while driving during dusk or dawn
Deer are most active during sunrise and sunset, especially during mating season, which is in full swing from October through December. Ensure that you and your passengers are wearing seat belts at all times, even in the back seat, just in case you have to make a sudden stop.
2 – Pay attention to deer crossing signs
Be alert and observe your surroundings for any signs of wildlife while on the road. Deer are abundant in forested areas, but may wander into suburban neighborhoods in search of food, so it’s important to drive cautiously even if you’re no longer in a deer-crossing zone.
3 – Stay alert if you spot a deer
Deer tend to travel in packs – so if you see one deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Even if you spot a deer on the side of the road or surrounding areas, remember that there could be others about to cross your path.
4 – Take precautions when driving in the dark
Nighttime driving can put a strain on the eyes, so be safe by driving at a moderate speed. If there is no oncoming traffic, turn on your high beams: You’ll not only be able to see clearer, but you’ll have a greater chance of spotting a deer from a distance
5 – Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer
Do not swerve to avoid a deer collision. By swerving you put yourself at risk for a worse collision with another vehicle or running off the road. Stay in your lane and try to slow down.
According to State Farm, the odds of hitting a deer in Wisconsin are 1 in 72. With these 5 tips let’s hope we can avoid becoming a statistic and stay safe this deer season.
The Challenges the end of Daylight Savings brings
The end of Daylight Savings earlier this month equals an earlier sunset – and night-time arriving an hour earlier than you’re used to. This means driving situations in the afternoons and evenings can change drastically. Here are a few potential driving dangers with end of daylight savings
Blinded by the Late Day Sun
Driving against the sunset can be an incredibly unsafe practice, with a number of things impeding your vision: the sun, sun glare, larger vehicles like turcks and busses, and even your sun visor.
Your Drive Home is now at Night
Your commute home may now be a night drive, which can be more dangerous than driving during the day. Your visibility may be low, and depth-perception may be affected due to darkness. Add slow, blinding traffic into the mix, and your drive home will require considerably more caution than it did before.
An Early Night Means an Earier time for Bed
When you get off work or school and are driving home, you’re now actually doing so an hour later than you’re used to – and an hour closer to your previous bedtime. In the few days immediately following this time change, it can be difficult to adjust your sleep cycle accordingly. For the first couple of weeks, keep in mind that you may start to get immediately drowsy as your body adjusts to the fact that you’re going to bed an hour earlier than before.
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